Causal relationship analysis of the patient safety culture based on safety attitudes questionnaire in Taiwan

Yii Ching Lee, Pei Shan Zeng, Chih Hsuan Huang, Hsin Hung Wu

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This study uses the decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory method to identify critical dimensions of the safety attitudes questionnaire in Taiwan in order to improve the patient safety culture from experts' viewpoints. Teamwork climate, stress recognition, and perceptions of management are three causal dimensions, while safety climate, job satisfaction, and working conditions are receiving dimensions. In practice, improvements on effect-based dimensions might receive little effects when a great amount of efforts have been invested. In contrast, improving a causal dimension not only improves itself but also results in better performance of other dimension(s) directly affected by this particular dimension. Teamwork climate and perceptions of management are found to be the most critical dimensions because they are both causal dimensions and have significant influences on four dimensions apiece. It is worth to note that job satisfaction is the only dimension affected by the other dimensions. In order to effectively enhance the patient safety culture for healthcare organizations, teamwork climate, and perceptions of management should be closely monitored.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4268781
JournalJournal of Healthcare Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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